[NA-Discuss] Fwd: "Domain Protection Racket" Promotion onNetwork Solutions Home Page
richardtindal at me.com
Thu Sep 1 16:44:16 UTC 2011
Actually, the word 'coffee' is trademarked in a variety of places. In the US, for example, there are thousands of federal trademarks that contain the word 'coffee', and several that solely consist of the term 'coffee'.
I understand the problem Garth is trying to solve, a problem that focuses mainly on famous trademarks. I'm not trying to detract from a solution to that problem -- just pointing out that
making rules for trademarks (especially when dealing with automated systems) is a very difficult thing as almost every word we use is trademarked somewhere.
On Sep 1, 2011, at 9:33 AM, Michele Neylon :: Blacknight wrote:
> On 1 Sep 2011, at 17:19, Garth Bruen at Knujon.com wrote:
>> "Coffee" is not a trademark
> I never said it was. The term "apple" is also a trademark, while still being a fruit ..
> If you actually look at what is and isn't registered as a trademark you'll find that a very large number of words are
> My own first name is a registered trademark (though not to me)
> Lots of words that people use in common day parlance are protected or were at some point (for examples see: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_generic_and_genericized_trademarks )
> In any case, the point I was trying to make is that your example brought back trademark related results, as you had entered a particular term.
> You could have entered any other term and you would have got back results that were related to your chosen input
> So unless you are suggesting that registrars are telling people to search for trademarks then I honestly don't see what you talking about.
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